Japanese Film Festival 2009
My dinner for the night is only fresh soy bean. Thanks to Japanese Embassy.
I was invited to the Official Opening of Japanese Filem Festival and all I want to eat is all the sushi’s! I was quite excited (shameless confession) when I found out that the caterer is Xenri, one of the best Japanese restaurant in town. But the only thing that I munched is the green fresh soy bean. I guess I am on the healthy moment now. FYI, my date to the event, Farrah Jayden having a basket of drum sticks at Chillis before the even!
The Festival was officiating by Japan Ambassador to Malaysia, Masahiko HORIE. I am so impressed because he presents the opening speech in Malay. He told that he is been staying in Malaysia for about a year and he is trying very hard to learn Malay. You did it well Ambassador Horie! I am proud of you.
There are few local familiar faces at the ceremony like Yasmin Ahmad. She looks simple and presentable in cotton baju kurung. You carry it well Kak Yasmin!
The movie that was screened on that opening night is, The Departure. It won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at 2009 Oscar. The story is about Daigo Kobayashi , a cellist in an orchestra in Tokyo, loses his job because of dissolution of the orchestra. One day, he finds a classified ad entitled “Assisting departures” for an “NK Agency”. He goes to the job interview thinking it is for a job at a travel agency. But at the interview, he discovers that NK is an abbreviation for “encoffinment” and he is instead to assist the “departed”. The work include prepare the corpse for the death. It was a taboo in Japanese culture for those who work in that area. Daigo proves that he can do it because he has talent in dealing with corpse.
I can say that it is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. It was carefully produce with lot of humor, sad and an award winning act! Plus the movie show the real Japanese lifestyle and culture. Very unique and truly amazing. To local film makers, remember, it is worth telling the world about our culture!
You should watch Departure!
For your information, Japanese Film Festival movie screening will be held at GSC Mid Valley and 1 Utama from 18 to 22 June and GSC Gurney Plaza from 26 to 28 June.
If you print and redeem this from the website, you can get free movie passes. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!
Oh… I think I want to go to Japan lah!
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